【38】Chinaberry trees, Camphor trees.

Minakata Kumagusu’s last word was: ‘Violet flowers blossom around the ceiling.’ This is understood to refer to the flowers of Chinaberry in his terminal vision. By the way, Minakata had a particular affection to Camphor, or Kusu in Japanese, which is included in the latter part of his own name ‘Kumaugsu’. Minakata used to introduce proudly a huge Camphor tree in the middle of his garden to the visitors.